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£183,000 funding to revamp city parks

Cash boost: Coun Robert Boswell at Haslam Park, which is one of four parks to be revamped after a windfall of more than �180,000

Cash boost: Coun Robert Boswell at Haslam Park, which is one of four parks to be revamped after a windfall of more than �180,000

Green spaces across Preston are set to be revamped after a windfall of almost £200,000 of external funding.

Four areas will now be refurbished, with projects based at Haslam Park, Longsands Millennium Green, Levensgarth and Highgate Woods.

Supporters said they were delighted to receive the funds, to help preserve Preston’s “rich tradition” of parks.

Refurbishments worth £183,000 are now due to take place.

At Haslam Park, the project will aim to develop the ponds to conserve wetland plants. Three interpretation lecterns will be installed, and volunteering sessions will be arranged.

The project at Longsands Millennium Green will install a new footpath network around the park. It will provide natural play features, chainsaw carved art and landscaping.

At Levensgarth, the project will refurbish and upgrade the current playground.

And the project at Highgate Woods will refurbish the footpath and boardwalks and a new feature is to be installed at the Foregate entrance.

Cabinet member for community and environment, Coun Robert Boswell, said the grants were from external bodies, ring-fenced for certain types of work.

He said: “It is great that we have managed to get external funding to refurbish these important green spaces in Preston.

“They are a great community asset. They are wonderful for people to go and walk in and we’ve got a rich tradition of parks in Preston.”

Sara Noon from Friends of Highgate Wood said: “The refurbishment of Highgate Wood is a really important project as the woodland is a corridor for wildlife through Fulwood. We have consulted with the community and these improvements are based on feedback from users of Highgate Wood.”

 

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